Monster fun lined up for Lyme Fossil Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:40 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 08:44 27 April 2016

Some of the Lyme Fossil Festival volunteers

Some of the Lyme Fossil Festival volunteers

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Exciting hands-on science event will offer a host of fun events

Lyme Regis is gearing up for its tenth fossil festival.

It is open to the public from Friday, April 29, to Sunday, May 1.

The exciting hands-on science festival is organised by Lyme Regis Development Trust and its many partners.

Amongst them is the town council and the Jurassic Coast Trust whose vice chairman Alexandra O’Dwyer said they were delighted to support the popular event.

He said: “The fossil festival continues to be one of the major ways in which we can celebrate the World Heritage Site and remind everyone of what an extraordinary treasure trove of science, history and culture exists within the rocks and fossils of our coast.

“We are particularly excited to be funding the appearance of the new Iguanadon restaurant which will be bringing the story of geological discovery to life for audiences of all ages, as well as offering our own range of activities around the town.

The theme for this year’s festival is getting young people enthused by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Three marquees will host a range of prestigious partners offering displays and activities. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and advise those interested in a career in Earth sciences and related fields.

Several universities will be present, providing information on educational courses for those who want to pursue a career in STEM subjects.

There will be a variety of activities aimed at children, to demonstrate how fun science can be. The Palaeontological Association promise to have lots of fossil specimens to hold and touch, you can try fossil dough casting with the Geological Society and make plasticine models for the National Trust’s diorama.

The Jurassic Coast Trust and Jurassic World Heritage Site will offer exciting geological based fun activities and help you to build your own Durdle Door.

For more information, booking details and updates, please see the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival website: www.fossilfestival.co.uk

The British Antarctic Survey are setting up an interactive field camp and you can measure your height against the smallest and tallest penguins. You can explore the wildlife of Antarctica with the Scott Polar Research Institute and get kitted out like an early explorer. Natural England is holding an Undercliff Tree Challenge, showing you the most common specimens of trees and challenging you to find your own examples in the Undercliff.

The festival also has a programme of Fossil Walks, which are guided fossil hunting trips. You will be given an introduction to fossil hunting by a fossil specialist, so that you will know how to look for fossils and what you are looking for. There will be two evenings of earth science related talks – with the themes being Geology, Environment and Sustainability on the Friday evening and Fossils, Fossil finders and Thinkers on the Saturday evening, rounded off by the popular Richard Edmonds talk on the Sunday ‘Fossils of the Jurassic Coast’; Lisa Woollett will be talking about the creation of her new book ‘Sea Journal’ at a talk at the Town Mill on Saturday at 3pm. Full details on the festival website.

The Fossil Fair is another of the festival’s highlights. There will be plenty of fossils, minerals and jewellery to browse and buy, so you can start your fossil collection the easy way. There will also be some rare specimens to admire. However, if you would prefer to find your own fossils, Lyme Regis Museum is holding fossil polishing workshops so you can learn how to display your discoveries.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival delivers fun for all the family. Whether you are already passionate about fossils or would like to learn the basics, there will be lots for you to do. You could even spark a lifelong interest in fossils. Come and celebrate Britain’s biggest, most established and best Fossil Festival!

For more information, booking details and updates, please see the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival website: www.fossilfestival.co.uk


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